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Do Ontological Categories Exist?

Aaron M. Griffith
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Published Online: 2015-05-02 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2015-0001


This paper concerns the ontological status of ontological categories (e.g., universal, particular, substance, property, relation, kind, object, etc.). I consider E. J. Lowe’s argument for the view that ontological categories do not exist and point out that it has some undesirable consequences for his realist ontology. I go on to argue that the main premise in Lowe’s argument – that ontological categories cannot be categorized – is false and then develop a conception of ontological categories as formal ontological kinds.

Keywords: Ontological Categories; Kinds; Realism; Nominalism


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Published Online: 2015-05-02

Published in Print: 2015-05-25

Citation Information: Metaphysica, Volume 16, Issue 1, Pages 25–35, ISSN (Online) 1874-6373, ISSN (Print) 1437-2053, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2015-0001.

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